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Doctor insights on: Rigor Mortis

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What is rigor mortis?

Contraction of the muscles: When someone dies the muscles tighten this happens the muscles contract and become cross linked in the contracted state tightening takes about 12 hours to begin it is temperature dependent and eventually when decomposition occurs the rigor mortis is released in the body is very floppy again. ...Read more

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What causes rigor mortis?

What causes rigor mortis?

Depletion of ATP: Depletion of atp allows calcium to enter the muscles and activate the contractile proteins that cause stiffening of muscles. It subsides when lysis of proteins starts as part of autolysis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have rigor mortis?

What does it mean to have rigor mortis?

happens after death: Rigor mortis is the temporary stiffening of the muscles that occurs 2-6 hours after death and lasts 24-48 hours (depending on conditions). ...Read more

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What is the reason for rigor mortis?

What is the reason for rigor mortis?

ATP depletion and: Calcium leakage. The skeletal muscles continue using sugar to make atp even after death, till the tissue runs out of sugar and atp. One of the consequences of atp depletion is the formation of abnormal links between two components of muscle tissue, actin and myosin which causes muscle stiffening. Calcium leakage into muscle adds to that stiffening. ...Read more

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How long does it take for rigor mortis to set in?

How long does it take for rigor mortis to set in?

Varies: On average it commences after about three to four hours, reaches maximum stiffness after 12 hours, and gradually dissipates in approximately 48 to 60 hours. Time of onset is affected by activity before death, ambient temperature and ante-mortem diseases. ...Read more

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How long after death does rigor mortis set in? Does it depend on body size?

How long after death does rigor mortis set in?  Does it depend on body size?

Temperature: A copse is flaccid immediately after death, muscle stiffening, rigor mortis, commences after about three to four hours, reaches maximum stiffness after 12 hours, and gradually dissipates until approximately 48 to 60 hours (two and a half days) after death. Warm conditions and physically strenuous activity prior to death, can speed up the process of rigor mortis. ...Read more

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When rigor mortis sets in will a man have an erection?

When rigor mortis sets in will a man have an erection?

No: This is a perennial folktale. It just doesn't happen. A tiny amount of semen may be expressed if a man has quite a bit on board as the nearby muscles stiffen. ...Read more

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What's the action of pheneramine to control rigor?

What's the action of pheneramine to control rigor?

Rigor meaning: education or alertness? pheneramine is an antihistamine which helps with allergies or sometimes sedation, muscle relaxation,so if you mean rigor as in muscle tightness then try it , may help, but natural would be massage, heat pad , ...Read more

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What is rigor fever?

What is rigor fever?

Rigors: Rigors are uncontrollable shaking chills, often the precursor to major elevations of temperature and therefore high fevers. ...Read more

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What is treatment for rigor?

What is treatment for rigor?

Treat the cause: Rigor is often a manifestation of some other disease process, often an infection. Demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) does counteract shivering and rigors, but it has many side effects and risk of addiction, so do not take it lightly. ...Read more